Kooonthal / Calamari / Kanava / Squid roast

kanava roast
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Squid : ½ kg
Red Chilli Powder : 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder : 1/4 tsp
Onions : 1 large, (finely, sliced)
Garlic : 4-5 cloves (crushed)
Ginger : 1 small piece (crushed)
Green Chilly : 2-3 (vertically sliced)
Tomato : 2 (medium sized, chopped)
Black Pepper Powder : 1½ tsp
Grama Masala : ½ tsp
Curry leaves : 2 sprig
Coconut oil : 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
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Hi there, let me share an interesting recipe of Squid/ Kanava / Koonthal / Calamari fry with you, which is a very easy to prepare tasty one. Surely you all will like this awesome squid fry. Earlier when I prepares, squid it wasn’t cooked well. So I usually avoid this sea food from my menu. Yesterday I visited my aunt’s house and she gave me the proper method to prepare nadan koonthal (Squid) fry . Friends, I am sharing  with  you how to make this spicy delicious Koonthal roast. Have a look, of-course  you couldn’t stop making it.

Squid roast preparation

  1. Clean the squid well and cut it into rings or square pieces (2.5cm).
  2. Pressure cook the squid pieces along with 1 tsp red chilly powder, black pepper powder, turmeric powder, 1/4th tsp Garam masala and salt and 1/4th cup water up to five whistles.
  3. If water remains in the cooker, heat it in medium flame with the lid open till it dries up.
  4. Mean while in a pan, pour 3tbsp oil and add the sliced onions, ginger, garlic, green chillies and the remaining red chilly powder. Saute it well till the onions become transparent.
  5. Add tomatoes along with curry leaves and saute well.
  6. Transfer the cooked squids to the pan, add the remaining garam masala and mix it well for 15-20 minutes in low flame.
  7. Add a bit more oil if required to make roast.
  8. Better serve after 1-2 hours long with rice, appam, idiyappam etc..


  • If you want to make squid fry, just pressure cook the squid pieces along with 1 tsp red chilly powder, black pepper powder, turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp Garam masala and salt and 1/4th cup water up to five whistles. Then just fry it in the oil in a nonstick pan.

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